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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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5,933 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,933
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 374
Gots: 804 | FT: 12
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Ratings: 5,933 | Reviews: 1,617
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3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders hopsey-piney, grapefruity,spicy, and flowery IPA isn't too bad for an IPA...maybe the Double IPA helps. Nose distinctly of grapefruit, brings to mind a fresh and quenching beer, just light enough for the summer heat. Not being one to appreciate a hoppy beew, I can tolerate this one, and may have a few more before the summer's over.

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Bottled date of 02/09/12. Pours a vibrant amber with very little head. Some lacing. Aroma is musty with some pine, and earthiness. Taste is piney and earthy. Some hints of citrus and warming alcohol. Musty, earthy finish. Basement-like. Not really digging this all that much. Lightly carbonated. Im diasppointed with this one. Overall, the musty flavor is too much for me. There's a ton better double IPAs out there and many better Founders brews as well. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of samie85
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 12/31/09.

A- Pours a clear goldenrod color with a one finger head.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple and caramel malt are present aromas.

T- Bitter grapefruit, pine, and orange with a mild caramel malt backbone, and finishes with an unpleasantly dry bitterness. The pine comes across the most in this department.

M-The dryness extends to the mouthfeel and it's something I'm not a fan of. It's medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol is palpable on the way down.

D- Not very high, I was expecting something a little more complex. I let this warm quite a bit and I think the negative qualities (dryness, one note flavors) became even more obvious. I'm actually struggling to finish this one.

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3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid $3.19 for a 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a snifter to review.

Not the thickest on the pour. White head of about 1/3" consistent of relatively small bubbles that dissipates somewhat quickly. Lighter in color than most DIPAs, it takes on a golden orange hue. No retention, but some decent lacing.

Nice, well balanced aroma of a lot of malt and even more hops. This has probably the best nose for a balanced IPA I've tried. So perfectly balanced it creates a unique hop profile that is somewhat reminiscent of the 90 Minute IPA. Slightly medicinal in character.

Taste is even more balanced than the nose suggested and I instantly am not as impressed as I thought I'd be. Hops seem to have no life in them yet you can tell there are a lot in there. Balanced yet misconstrued.

Medium to full body with a long finish and low carbonated mouth. Aftertaste of subdued hop bitterness.

Founders makes great malty stouts and that is what they are known for. Even their DIPA was quite malty; I guess that's not what I'm looking for in this style of beer.

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3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA Speigelau glass

Very little head retention about and 1/8 of an inch, poured golden, the color is a a good representation.

Nose: Fruity, pine, and cat-box (note: after about 10-20 minutes the "cat-box" aroma went away and the nose became very piney)

Taste: Wood chips, piney, hops

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3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served cold from tap to beer challice, at "Revolution Brewing Co" in Chicago

A) Appearance is slightly cloudy but light easily passes through, golden, 1 inch white head that lasts several minutes

S) Strong, robust, spicey, alcohol is abundant

T) Bam! Strong bitter hoppy smack. Pungent, Pinesol, sour, grassy. Strong sweet malt as well.

M) Long lasting, ample carbonation. Stays consistent through the pour.

D) One was plenty for me. I acknowledge this style -- Imperial IPA -- is really not my favorite.

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3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6.13.2014, poured into a Founders KBS snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of gold and orange, very clear complexion with a soft, cloudy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is abrasive, big hoppy grapefruit peel, piney resin and sappiness with strong alcohol. It's pretty blunt and not very intriguing. The flavors are a bit better, strong piney hops, light wildflower, grapefruit peel, balanced well, but those enjoyable hops don't last long as fusel alcohol and light sticky malt takes over and punishes the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats the tongue well, carbonation is mild and feels nice, finishes easily and very dry.

Verdict: A less than impressive DIPA from Founders, just way too boozy and abusive. The hop profile is nice but just gets strongly overpowered by the alcohol character which overpowers the malt which could provide a much nicer counterbalance. Just too intense for me.

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3.12/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.12/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.14/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Light, clear golden color. Poured with a thin film of white, which died quickly to a thin lace. The second pour redeemed the first, achieving a head, which slowly died to a thin film.
S: Apple juice and some pineapple, but mostly just bright--not piney--hops. There is a very sweet, alcoholic golden raisin and faint bread aroma in the background.
T: Gin alcohol and apple juice, but with less of the citrus pineapple, which comes off like orange extract. It is mildly sweet, but the gin alcohol lingers harshly. The taste is overwhelmed by the biting hops... and not in a good, complex way. It reminds me of drinking tea that's been steeped for too long.
M: Very thin, with little carbonation. It has a nice crispness to it, but it is too light for the alcohol.
D: Very good for the high 9.4% ABV. That being said, I probably wouldn't order more than one in a row.

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3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This was a version that had been aged for 6 months - not good idea

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3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Packaged 4/11..looking forward to trying this with freshness upon it.
Light orange pour, light carbonation, a bit hazy but not murky, little bit of lace.
Aromas of faint citrus hops and slight sweetness. Not much here. Not unpleasant, just light and disappointing. Like finding out your son is ballerina. And he's a terrible ballerina.
Nice bitterness, good malt and hop balance, a little booze present. Grapefruit, floral, a little pine. Decent flavor but it's not outta control like I expect from these guys. A little light on body, and overall a bit of a disappointment.
Not bad, but not up to my Founders standards. Probably will try a bottle of the new batch when it comes out next, but I doubt I'll be excited about it.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
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